Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mascara 101

Hello everyone!

One question I get a lot from people is what mascara I use.  I love mascara, and I strongly believe that how you apply it makes all the difference.  Mascara frames your eyes and it gently intensifies the eye by thickening and darkening the lashes. 

I'm not wearing any make-up, just mascara.

I want to share my mascara tips and tricks with you.
How to properly apply mascara:
·         While applying mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes.
·         Twist the wand left to right at the base of lashes.  It's the mascara placed near the roots (not the tips) that gives the illusion of length.
Apply 2 or 3 coats of mascara?
What that mean is to apply the coats of mascara all at once before the first coat dries.  Once the first coat dries, you'll get clumps if you attempt another swipe at the lashes.

Tips:                                                                         

  •  Do the top lashes first. 
  •  Make sure that the wand isn’t overloaded with mascara.
  • “Zigzagging” the wand back and forth during application helps reduce clumps.
  • After applying mascara try not to blink for a few seconds.
  • Always remove the mascara (and any other make-up you’re wearing) before going to bed, otherwise your skin and eyes will become irritated.
  •  Discard mascara after about four months of usage.  Bacteria build-up can lead to eye infection and irritation.
  • Never curl your lashes after applying mascara because the eyelashes can stick to the curler.
  •  Never share your mascara.   This will contaminate the product.

Do you have any more tips or tricks on how to apply mascara?  Leave a comment!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Egyptian gold



It’s Wednesday and the weekend is getting closer!  So, are you ready for another NOTD post?



This is what I’m wearing on my finger nails today.  I used three different colours to achieve this look.


First, I applied two coats of Egyptian Gold nail polish on all my nails, except the two ring finger nails!


I applied one coat of Tangerine polish to the ring finger nails.


Then, I applied a Gold colour on top of the Tangerine colour.  The Gold polish is very shear, so I used the bright orange colour as a base.

Egyptian Gold/Tangerine

Egyptian Gold/Tangerine/Gold

I like this colour combination.  What do you think?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment


Hello everyone!

Today I want to share the latest DIY facial mask I’ve been trying out.  It’s the honey and cinnamon mask.

As you may know, honey has countless virtues.  Check this previous post: Honey face, for more information.  Cinnamon, also, contains powerful antioxidants and it has been used for thousands of years as an antiseptic, astringent and antifungal, amongst other uses.  The combination of these two powerful ingredients helps to kill the bacteria that cause pimples.


This mask also helps to fade scars!

Method:

  • Wash your face with a facial cleanser and pat your face dry.  
  • Mix 3 tbsp. of honey with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon and apply a thin layer to the face as a mask and leave on for about 20 minutes.   
  • Or dab a small amount on blemishes and leave on overnight.
  • Rinse with warm water.  
  • Apply toner and moisturiser.

The cinnamon powder acts as an exfoliant.


The mixture will last you for about 4 mask applications.

Tips:

  • Cinnamon can irritate the skin.  I recommend testing this mask on your inner wrist first before using it on your face. 
  •  Do not apply the mask more than once a week.

I love DIY beauty recipes (Click here to see more of them).  Do you have any DIY skin remedies that you love?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Pearly pink



Hello everyone!  I have another NOTD for you.


This is what I am wearing on my nails today.  


I applied one coat of Oyster Pink nail polish.  


Then, I drew a single Pearly Pink diagonal stripe and sealed with a top coat.


I like this simple design and hope you enjoyed this NOTD post.  (What type of posts would you like to see on Skin Care Suggestions?)

So, what are your favourite nail polish colours at the moment?  

XOXO
Euphrasie85 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Facial sauna



Hello everyone!

My favourite gift this Christmas was a facial sauna.  For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a facial steamer you can use at home.

The benefits of facial steaming:

  • Deep skin cleansing.
  • Softens the skin and removes blackheads, dead skin cells and pollution.
  •  Boosts blood circulation, which is essential for the reproduction of new cells.
  • Can reduce acne.
  • Unclogs stuffed sinuses. 



You don’t need a facial sauna equipment to give yourself a steam facial at home.  Follow these instructions to safely steam you face at home, using a bowl and hot water.

·         Pull your hair away from your face.
·         Wash your face with a mild cleanser, and rinse well.
·         Put 5 cups of distilled water into a large pot and bring to a boil.
·         Transfer the hot water to a large glass bowl.  
·         Place your face over the bowl of steaming hot water.
·         Cover your head with a towel.  If at any point you feel the steam is too hot on your skin, move your face farther away from the water.
·         Stay over the steam for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the steam cools. 
·         Wash your face with the cleanser of your choice, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
·         Final rinse your face with cool water.
·         Pat dry with a clean towel.


Tips:

Be careful not to burn your face with the steam.  Stay as close to the steam, as it’s comfortable for you.  Remember, steaming should be a relaxing experience, not a torture!

I use my facial sauna once or twice a week and I love the way it makes my skin glow!  Facial steaming can be beneficial to all skin types; however I suggest reducing the frequency of steaming if you have very sensitive or very dry skin.  In that case, try steaming once every two weeks.

So, tell me what are your opinions on facial steaming?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, January 09, 2012

My first Nails Of The Day (NOTD) post!



So, this is my first NOTD post. 



I applied two coats of Angel Cosmetics London nail polish #660 and a clear top coat. 


It’s a clear nail polish with red and silver glitter. 



As you can tell from the above photo, I love this nail polish (I used quite a lot of it ;)).  What do you think?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Tips for healthy cuticles


Hello everyone!  How is 2012 going so far?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to take better care of your hands and nails, keep reading for some great tips!

When most people think of nail care they think of their nail problems like peeling.  Nevertheless your cuticles (the skin immediately around the fingernail) also contribute to nail health and appearance.  Neglected cuticles are prone to hangnails and dryness, whilst bitten or badly cut cuticles may become infected.   Follow these simple steps to proper cuticle care:

·         Avoid using harsh soaps when washing your hands as they can cause dry cuticles.

·         Exfoliate your hands once a week.

·         Keep your cuticles moisturised.  Massage moisturising hand cream onto your cuticles, and slip on a pair of cotton gloves every night before you go to sleep.  Also, apply oil (olive oil or almond oil) on the finger tips and massage your nails with it.  

·         Never cut your cuticles!  Your cuticles perform an important job; they protect the roots of your nails from harmful bacteria.  Push the cuticles back with a non-metal tool, such as an orange stick.

·         Don’t push back dry cuticles.  Try pushing back your cuticles right after you get out of the shower, or soak your fingertips for a short time in a bowl of warm water.

·         There are three steps to the push back cuticles:
1.       Apply a cuticle remover
2.       Use an orange stick to gently push back
3.       Move the orange stick in a circular motion at the base of the nail to remove any dead skin.

·         Although it’s not a good idea to cut your cuticles, it’s fine to cut your hangnails.  Hangnails should usually be cut using nail scissors or a nail clipper; biting or pulling them frequently makes them worse.


It’s simple: healthy cuticles look better than unhealthy ones.  And healthy cuticles also help keep nails healthy.  

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

 

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